Caring for your Hearing Aid
Your hearing aids have many components to them that require a little at home maintenance to help ensure optimal performance while reducing the need for downtime or expensive professional maintenance. Here at Eastside ENT Specialists, we can offer advice to hearing aid users to help them keep their new hearing aid in good shape. Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable with the routine cleaning and care of your hearing aids.
We carry only the best well-established brands of hearing aid at Eastside ENT Specialists, from manufacturers such as Phonak, Resound, Oticon, and Starkey. These hearing aids are known for their reliability, but like any other electronic device they can underperform if exposed to prolonged moisture or dampness. We advise that you store your hearing aids in a safe, dry place away from moisture when they are not in use, and always remove your hearing aids when bathing or showering.
If your hearing aid does get wet, it can be patted dry with a clean cloth or towel. Avoid the temptation to place your hearing aid on a hot radiator or use a heat source to dry it out more quickly.
At the end of each day, clean any earwax or debris from the microphones and dome or earmold using a dry, lint-free cloth and cleaning brush provided to you at your fitting. Ideally, you want to clean where the sound comes in and where the sound comes out. Ensure that ear molds are cleansed ready for use next day. The wax filter of your hearing aid will need periodic replacement. If it becomes clogged up, replace it – your hearing aid will not perform well with a blocked filter. A fully blocked wax guard will sound like your hearing aid is not working.
When your hearing aids are not in use, store them within the case provided to you. That way even if it is accidentally knocked over they will be protected. The batteries that power your hearing aid should be removed if the hearing aid is not going to be used for a prolonged period of time.
- When removing or replacing the batteries in your hearing aid, keep them safe and dispose of dead batteries responsibly. Always store batteries out of the reach of small children and pets. Hearing aid batteries are poisonous if ingested.
Alongside your daily care routine, you should also schedule a hearing aid check for a professional clean and service at least once a year, or sooner if you notice any deterioration in performance. Our facilities at Eastside ENT Specialists have everything you need to help keep your hearing aids in good condition and maintain their reliability well into the future.
Call us at 440.352.1474 to arrange an appointment to help you with caring for your hearing aid.
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